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December 1995 Newsletter of the Front Range Unix Users Group

Old Hand Summary: 4pm Wednesday December 6 ACS Rm 123 - NFS


  • This month's meeting
  • Meeting Location
  • Last month's meeting
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Call for participation: JAVA
  • Library Notes
  • Job Fair Announcement

This Month's Meeting: NFS

The November meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group will look at NFS performance tuning, real world issues, and NFS V3.0.

Although the LADDIS NFS benchmark measures both throughput and response time, most people focus almost exclusively on throughput. This is unfortunate, because in real-world configurations, response time is an important limit to total server throughput, along with more commonly recognized limits such as network bandwidth and the number of disk spindles available.

Dave will also address disk striping, network environments, NFS metrics on the performance of NFS servers, as well as new features of the NFS V3 product and how it will impact current environments.

Dave Hitz is co-founder and director of system architecture at Network Appliance Corporation, which builds NFS file server appliances. Dave's focus at Network Appliance has been on designing and implementing the Network Appliance file system, and on the overall design of the Network Appliance NFS file server. He also worked at Auspex Systems in the file system group, and at MIPS in the System V kernel group. Other jobs and hobbies have included herding cattle, pen-based computer programming, modern primitive art, and typing names onto Blue Shield Insurance cards. After dropping out of high school, he attended George Washington University, Swarthmore College, Deep Springs College, and finally Princeton University where he received his computer science BSE in 1986.

Meeting Location

The December meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder at 4:00 PM on Thursday November 16, 1995. Marine St intersects Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.

Last Month's Meeting

At our November 16 meeting, Stan Bush of from CU introduced ISDN, Tom Wilson and Ron Miller from U S WEST talked about ISDN deployment and upcoming tariff issues, and Hank Latham (Colorado SuperNet) and Bill Gibson (Niwot Networks) discussed some of their experiences using ISDN.

  • Bill Gibson's humorous guide on how to order ISDN, and on the importance of making friends with your installer is available in PostScript and Acrobat formats.

  • Ron Miller pointed to a Web page from U S WEST that will query based on your phone number and tell you whether you are in an area where ISDN service is available.

  • Members of the audience pointed out the existence of Dan Kegel's ISDN Page, which has a wealth of pointers to ISDN information, as well as Jim Bryce's page relating to his book "Special Edition, Using ISDN."

See the FRUUG web site for live links to the info mentioned above.

Upcoming Meetings

We are working on the following potential meetings:

  • January 17: Tom Cargill will introduce the JAVA programming language giving us a preview of his day long Java seminar at CU on Jan 27th.

Call For Participation - JAVA

We are planning a January meeting on the Java programming language, going deeper into the details than was possible in James Gosling's talk in June. If you are using Java and would like to give a short presentation of your experience, please contact Tom Cargill at

FRUUG Library Notes

No new books this month!

You may check books out using your business card as your library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.

Job Fair Announcement

The Colorado Technical Recruiters' Network (CTRN) will host a career fair targeting information technology professionals with at least 2 years experience. The event will be on January 9, 1996, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse Way, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Those who cannot attend, but who are interested in submitting a resume for distribution to all attending companies, can either fax it to (303) 369-0623 or mail it to CTRN, P.O. Box 440783, Aurora, CO 80044-0783. Resumes must be received before January 9th.

If you want more information, we will have flyers at the FRUUG meeting and if CTRN has a web page we'll set up a pointer to it from the FRUUG web page.

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